Missouri judge fines Walgreens $309,000 in pricing case

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Posted: Jun 17, 2016 7:22 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's attorney general says a judge has ordered Walgreens to pay $309,000 for violating an agreement between the drugstore chain and the state over allegedly deceptive pricing.

Chris Koster says a Jackson County judge assessed a $1,000 penalty Friday for each of the 309 times it was found to have left sales tags on the shelves after the sales period ended. Koster says that violated a 2014 deal mean to halt suspected overcharging.

That agreement barred Walgreens from leaving expired sales tags on display more than 12 hours from the time the offer expired.

Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. says the judge's ruling was consistent with the company's decision last year to take part in an auditing program under which it would pay fines for violating the agreement's terms.